Has the pandemic made it harder for you to stay emotionally balanced in the midst of all the challenge and uncertainty? For many of us, the extreme and unforeseen impacts of the pandemic have left us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, hopeless, disconnected, or shut down. During traumatic and prolonged stress, our individual and collective nervous systems end up in heightened states of fight, flight, freeze, submission and disassociation. This can make it hard to even get through the day, let alone show up the way we long to during this pivotal moment in history.
This Class will focus on:
Learning qi gong movements to invite more energy, balance, and ease in the body
Learning somatic techniques for balancing the nervous system and releasing activation energy that gets built up during chronic stress
Understanding the unique way that each of our nervous systems respond to threat and stress
Practicing emotional resilience skills
Creating a virtual community that is supportive, heartfelt, and playful
A few words on resilience...
"True resilience allows us to meet challenges in a way that leverages our human capacity for creativity, cooperation, care, and courage instead of collapsing into the unhealthy aspects of our fight, flight, and freeze response. True resilience moves us toward healing and wholeness while building our individual and collective capacity to create more choice, dignity, and connection in our lives and communities."
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, movements, breathing techniques, and focused intention. It is a low-impact form of exercise that can be practiced by people of all fitness levels. It is also a fun way to get a good workout while developing power, stability, coordination, flexibility, and ease in both body and mind.
There is a new science of emotional resilience that comes out of a deepening understanding of neurobiology, relational neuroscience, and somatic therapeutic processes. In this class, I blend the ancient practice of qi gong with science-based practices for settling the nervous system and skillfully working with our survival energies (fight, flight, freeze, submit, and disassociate).
Qi Gong & Nervous System Fundamentals
Practice centering and settling with movement, breath, and focus as we deepen our understanding of the human nervous system
Safety, Connection, & Dignity in the Body
Learn how to use qi gong practices to increase our ability to create a sense of safety, connection, and dignity in the body
Brave Space: The Wisdom within the Freeze Response
Understand our biological impulse toward freezing and disassociation and learn safe ways to come out of the freeze response and back into the body
Fierce Love: The Wisdom within the Fight Response
Discover how to use qi gong practices to meet challenges with a greater sense of strength, courage, intention, and healthy boundaries
Finding Flow: The Wisdom within the Flight Response
Learn how to use qi gong practices to meet anxiety, distraction, and overwhelm with flexibility, clarity, and groundedness
In addition to being a Qi Gong teacher, Geoff is a licensed acupuncturist, somatic trauma bodyworker, meditation teacher and developmental coach. For the past 15 years, Geoff has trained extensively in Qi Gong primarily through the study and practice of Ba Gua Zhang, as well as Tai Chi, Medical Qi Gong, and Zapchen Somatics. He is passionate about teaching Qi Gong as pathway for healing trauma and increasing individual and collective resilience. Learn more about Geoff here.
"Geoff's humble, genuine, and playful way of being masterfully engages students and empowers them to grow in self-awareness and self-love. As an instructor myself, I have learned a great deal from him about holding space, trusting the process, and finding more joy in teaching and learning."
- Polina Mischenko
Choose Your Registration Option
The standard price of the course is $100. In an effort to make the class more accessible during these economically uncertain times, I am offering a sliding scale where you can choose what to pay based on your life circumstances. Those paying at the higher end support my ability to offer free and low-cost services to those who are less able to afford them.
25% of proceeds will go to Mutual Aid Organizations
Access to LIVE Class 1
Option to sign up for full series after completing the first class
5 Live Classes
1 Hour Q&A where I answer any questions folks have about qi gong, emotional resilience, and somatic practices to the best of my ability
Access to recordings of the classes and Q&A for six months
5 Live Classes
Access to recordings of the classes for six months
Personalized qi gong instruction
Feedback on qi gong form
1-on-1 coaching sessions
Unlimited Q&A related to qi gong and emotional resilience between classes
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